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Red Path

2015 15 min
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This short documentary tells the story of Tony Chachai, a young Indigenous man in search of his identity. Moved by the desire to reconnect with his Atikamekw roots, he delivers a touching testimony on the journey that brought him closer to his family and community. On the verge of becoming a father himself, he becomes increasingly aware of the richness of his heritage and celebrates it by dancing in a powwow. This film was produced as part of Tremplin NIKANIK, a competition for francophone First Nations filmmakers in Quebec.

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This short documentary tells the story of Tony Chachai, a young Indigenous man in search of his identity. Moved by the desire to reconnect with his Atikamekw roots, he delivers a touching testimony on the journey that brought him closer to his family and community. On the verge of becoming a father himself, he becomes increasingly aware of the richness of his heritage and celebrates it by dancing in a powwow.

This film was produced as part of Tremplin NIKANIK, a competition for francophone First Nations filmmakers in Quebec.
  • participation
    Tony Chachai
    Ronny Chachai
  • writer
    Thérèse Ottawa
  • director
    Thérèse Ottawa
  • producer
    Johanne Bergeron
  • directing consultant
    Rachel-Alouki Labbé
  • cinematographer
    Sébastien Gros
  • location sound
    Sylvain Vary
  • production assistant
    Orania Gros-Louis
  • editor
    Aube Foglia
  • digital editing technician
    Pierre Dupont
    Isabelle Painchaud
    Patrick Trahan
  • online editing
    Serge Verreault
    Nicolas Ottawa
  • graphic design
    Mélanie Bouchard
  • titles
    Mélanie Bouchard
  • sound editing
    Simon Gervais
  • assistant sound editor
    Melodie Lachapelle
  • foley
    Alexis Farand
  • foley recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • re-recording
    Serge Boivin
  • subtitling
    Zoé Major
    Leah Kosatsky
  • marketing manager
    François Jacques
  • marketing assistant
    Theodora Kolovos
  • program administrator
    Sia Koukoulas
  • production coordinator
    Hélène Regimbal
    Chinda Phommarinh
  • administrative assistant
    Larissa Christoforo
  • technical coordinator
    Mira Mailhot
  • executive director
    Monika Ille
  • line producer
    Rachel-Alouki Labbé
  • executive producer
    Colette Loumède

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Education

Ages 12 to 18
Mini-lessons

This documentary can evoke conversation and deeper understanding of Indigenous identity. Why is it important for foster families to nurture Indigenous cultural ways of being, knowing and doing? Research the Indian Act in relation to banning cultural regalia and dance. Why would the government want to make dance and regalia illegal? What would the long-term effects of this type of cultural repression be? Can the resurgence of Indigenous cultural practices, once outlawed by forced assimilation policies, nurture healing and wellness within individuals, communities and society? Research the significance of a powwow, smudging, eagle feathers, drum songs, and dance styles and regalia. When researching, consider the importance of using an Indigenous source.

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